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The following list of books provide a small selection of children's books on the various aspects of dementia and Alzheimer's.


Each book comes with a review or an introduction of what the book can offer and a link that takes you to a website if you are interested in finding out more or wish to purchase the book.



Alzheimer's Australia have recently lanunched their new children's website for information and resources about dementia.  A beautiful range of information for children from pre-school age to late teens



Striped Shirts and Flowered Pants


Striped Shirts and Flowered Pants

Libby and Nana love to read stories and color pictures together. They plant the garden in spring and feed the songbirds. But Libby notices that Nana is forgetting the words in books. She's mixing up the names of birds. She's wearing clothes that don't match.

What's going on? When Libby's parents tell her about Alzheimer's disease, she begins to understand what is happening to Nana. And with their reassurance and help, she finds ways to be with Nana and still do the things they love.


For parents, a note by psychologist Linda Scacco, PhD, offers guidance for helping children cope when a family member has Alzheimer's disease.

To read more on this book or if you wish to purchase the book go to Amazon.


Really and Truly


Really and TrulyWith tenderness, sensitivity, and humour, 'Really and Truly' explores the effect that dementia has on a young boy named Charlie and his family.

Charlie is very close to his grandfather, who loves to tell fanciful stories about pirates, witches, and gnomes that amuse Charlie to no end. However lately, Charlie's grandpa does not have any new stories to tell - in fact, some days grandpa does not even recognise Charlie. A disease has stolen grandpa's memories, his appetite, and even his smile.

Charlie wants so much to make his grandpa smile again that he comes up with a plan to tell him stories - the same ones that grandpa used to tell Charlie to make him laugh! Without shying away from the inevitable heartache that comes from watching loved ones suffer, 'Really and Truly' is a spirited book for young readers struggling to remain optimistic during troubling times.


To read more on this book or if you wish to purchase the book go to Amazon.


What's Happening to Grandpa

by Maria ShriverKate has always adored her grandpa's storytelling - but lately he's been repeating the same stories again and again. One day, he even forgets Kate's name. Her mother's patient explanations open Kate's eyes to what so many of the elderly must confront: Alzheimer's disease and other forms of memory loss.



Determined to support her grandfather, Kate explores ways to help him - and herself - cope by creating a photo album of their times together, memories that will remain in their hearts forever.


To read more on this book or if you wish to purchase the book go to Amazon.


Dementia Diaries

Dementia DiariesThe Dementia Diaries is a book for young people about Dementia. The Dementia Diaries is the result of the British Prime Minister's challenge on dementia. A challenge to change people's understanding of dementia. To raise awareness across the United Kingdom.


This book follows four young people dealing with dementia in their grandparents, we follow their diaries as they hear of the diagnosis, all the way through to the end. The book looks at dementia from the perspective of a young person, and as such is full of hope and fun and deep understanding. Adapted from interviews with young carers across Kent, the Dementia Diaries' end goal, is to raise awareness of dementia among young people in a way that's fun, shareable and life-affirming.


To read more on this book or if you wish to purchase the book go to Amazon.


Always my Grandpa

Always my GrandpaIdeal for parents to read to children facing
Alzheimer's changes in grandparents.

This heart-warming tale describes what it is like to be close to a grandparent who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Daniel and his mom spend every summer with his Grandpa at a cottage by the sea.


However as the summers pass, Grandpa begins to change. Daniel learns that since Grandpa has Alzheimer's disease, he will have trouble remembering all the things that belong to him - his clothes, his words, his memories - and eventually, his own grandson.


To read more on this book or if you wish to purchase the book go to Fishpond.


The Smell of Chocolate

Smell of Chocolate
A poignantly written and illustrated book that tells the story about an old man and his delusional behaviour that is completely accepted by his cheerfully understanding grandson. Together they make a chocolate cake in the middle of the night because the Queen is coming to visit them. Also contains fact file on Alzheimer's disease.




'Back To Blackbrick'

Back to Blackbrick
Cosmo's brother Brian died when he was ten years old. His mum hides her grief by working all the hours God sends and Cosmo lives with his grandparents. They've been carefree days as Granddad buys him a horse called John and teaches him all he knows about horses. But the good times have to come to an end and although he doesn't want to admit it, Cosmo knows his Granddad is losing his mind ...


To read more on this book or if you wish to purchase the book go to Amazon


Why did Grandma put her underwear in the refrigerator?

Underwear in the refrigerator?At age five, Max Wallack learned to cope with his great-grandmother's Alzheimer's symptoms. Forgetfulness was the least of her problems: Max experienced her fears, episodes of irrational behavior, incontinence - even escape attempts. But Wallack didn't just cope ...


Why Did Grandma Put Her Underwear In The Refrigerator? provides insight into what families around the world deal with on a day-to-day basis. Max's easy-to-understand presentation makes it perfect to help teach children about Alzheimer's disease. - Lori La Bey, CEO of Alzheimer's Speaks.


To read more on this book or if you wish to purchase the book go to Amazon.